From October to June, 52,000 unaccompanied immigrant children have attempted to cross the southern border of the United States in the hopes of gaining citizenship. The children, coming in waves from Central America, are fleeing the region that has been plagued by violence and poverty for years. Now, these children are stuck in shelters in the Southwest as the government works to send them home.
A small percentage of these children who are caught by Border Patrol wind up staying in the country because of humanitarian laws and that's the main reason parents are sending their kids north. However, the odds are staying in the country are slim and eventually these children are sent home.
On Capitol Hill, a House congressional committee questioned Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson on the rising issue and Johnson said he's unsure why the current rise in children crossing is increasing.